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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 1 - 15 gen 2014
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


What makes us all unique

A recently published text book entitled 'Human development in the life course: melodies of living' brings a fresh perspective to the question of what makes us each distinctive. Drawing on philosophy, history and natural sciences, it proposes a new theoretical foundation for the psychology of individual human development.

"The book puts a strong emphasis on individual experiences of the world and their transformation into our inner lives. In this, it describes as well the ways we adapt and change from early childhood to old age while some parts of us still stay the same – constituting our own personal melodies of living", explains Dieter Ferring professor of Psychology at the University of Luxembourg, one of the book's authors.

"The book features the study of individual life courses in their social and cultural environment, with particular emphasis on how people create and interpret signs and symbols to make sense of it all," he continues.

The volume was written by a collaboration of six psychologists including Dieter Ferring and Professor Jaan Valsiner of Clark University, Massachusetts and visiting professor at the University of Luxembourg. They were joined by Tania Zittoun of the Université de Neuchatel, Switzerland; Dankert Vedeler of the Norwegian University of science and technology, Trondheim; João Salgado of Instituto Superior da Maia, Portugal and Miguel M. Gonçalves of the Universidad de Minho, Portugal.

Per saperne di più: - www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/uol-tso121013.php